LOVE, SEX AND SUCH

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I posted this for Valentine's Day... a day full of dubious expectations, contrivances and often disappointments. So it's not exactly on my calendar. Nevertheless, I'm willing to adjust my attitude a tad this year by posting some quotes on love, and of course, to spice it up... sex, to attract more to my blog.

At first, I wondered what more I could say about love than what I've already written in previous posts on this blog site? Though I may not consider myself an expert in this domain of life, a hot love story came to me a few years ago while I was writing the fifth book in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series called MYSTICAL ROMANCE. I must say, it was a bit of a shocker to find myself writing what unfolded, seemingly as of itself. It was like I was reporting something that had never been portrayed before in a novel, at least in this way it revealed itself.  

At first, the plot continued with the ongoing adventures in the two previous novels, but then the story turned into something more sensual. Didn't expect that. Hey, who knows, maybe I was channelling something really over-the-top revelatory from somewhere out there in the celestial realms.

But it wasn't just about sex, any two-bit pulp fiction writer can do that... it's what was happening over and beyond the erotica. If you are wondering what more there could be to sex than sex, I'm sure you'll be surprised, and delighted, to find out what occurs in the celestial domain when the ultimate union is experienced.

I hope I have your attention now! I expect to have the book released by early 2020 but you really should read the first two novels in the series first to get the full impact of what happens in three... think of it as foreplay.
  
Though I'm not going to spoil things by telling you more about what happens in ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: MYSTICAL ROMANCE, still there's a lot more that can be said about this subject of love than what I touched on in the other posts. Since love is infinite, the subject is vast. But then, how could it be otherwise; considering how love emanates from God the Source of all that is. 

So rather than go on with more variations of what I've already written, I've selected a number of quotes on what others have said about love. It seems everyone has their own interpretation of what love means, based on certain observations and experiences involving intimacy.

Some of the quotes regarding erotic love are humorous and some serious. I've also included a number of provocative philosophical and spiritual quotes on love.

Love, as we all know, can seem very confusing and complex at times... much like us, since love can be expressed and experienced in an infinite number of ways and relationships. As I stated before in another post, the Greeks identified four major categories of love; being Philos (friendship), storge (familial), agape (divine). For this post, I'll try to include a variety of all.  

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For this first section, I have selected a number of sexually oriented quotes, some of which are rather frivolous if not humorous.

So, here goes: 

“Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant” 
― Henry Miller

“Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing.” 
― Woody Allen

“Sex is an emotion in motion.” 
― Mae West

“Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn't sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.” 
― Paulo Coelho

“Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying 'You gave me the wrong key!” 
― Anais Nin

“Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.” 
― Groucho Marx

“Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!” 
― George Bernard Shaw

Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or--such is the pleasure they experience--they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.” 
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.” 
― Woody Allen

“Sex is the divine in its most available epiphany”
Huston Smith

“Sex is hardly ever just about sex.”
Shirley Maclaine

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

“Sex is always about emotions. Good sex is about free emotions; bad sex is about blocked emotions.” 
― Deepak Chopra

"If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything."
― Marilyn Monroe

To make love to the one true person who deserves that love is one of the few absolute rewards of being a human being, balancing all of the pain, loss, awkwardness, loneliness, idiocy, compromise, and clumsiness that go with the human condition. To make love to the right person makes up for a lot of mistakes.”  
― Dan Simmons, The Rise of Endymion

“The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.” 
― Sigmund Freud, Sexuality and the Psychology of Love

"Electronic flesh arrows – traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm." 
― Anais Nin, Diary of Anais Nin. Vol 2

“Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble.” 
― John Barrymore

“You know that look that women get when they want to have sex? Me neither.” 
― Steve Martin

“Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk — real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.” 
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

"After death when man becomes a spirit the same mutual inclination continues, and this cannot be without similar intercourse. For man is made just as before. Nothing whatever is wanting in the male and nothing whatever in the female. They are like themselves in respect to form, and equally so as to affections and thoughts. What else can follow then but that they have similar intercourse? And because conjugial love is chaste, pure and holy, the intercourse is also full."
―  Emanuel Swedenborg

“The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion.” 
― Alan Watts

“We are no guiltier in following the primative impulses that govern us than is the Nile for her floods or the sea for her waves.” 
― Marquis de Sade, Aline et Valcour

“Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.” 
― Rob Bell, Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality

“The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.” 
― George Burns

“Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite.” 
― Marquis de Sade

“It may be a man's world, but men are easily controlled by women.” 
― Ashly Lorenzana

“Sexual union is a holy moment in which a part of Heaven flows into the Earth.” 
― James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

“The best sex takes place in the mind first” 
― Jenna Jameson

“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and laugh.”
― Jack Kerouac

“As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so sex with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” 
― Helen Keller, My Religion

“The Law of Diminishing Returns is true of everything in life, except sex, which seems endlessly repeatable with effect.” 
― Robert McKee

“Men love a submissive woman, Damon said simply. Even when they say the don't. There's just something about a beautiful, soft woman looking to them to protect and take care of them that inspires a man to greatness.” 
― Maya Banks, Sweet Surrender

"When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better."

― Mae West

“All have senses, but not all have sensuality because sensuality is predicated on one’s soul journey to self awareness.” 
― Lebo Grand

“Sexual energy between two people is a primal force comprised of power (energy that moves toward another) and virtue (knowing the energy between the two is right).” 
― Alexandra Katehakis

"The only type of sexual relations possible are those with someone who is as advanced and capable as oneself." ― G.I Gurdjieff

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To provide a broader, less sexual perspective... I've included several philosophic and spiritual observations on love, some of which I consider to be truly profound:                                                

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
- Rumi

"Who can give law to lovers? Love is a greater law unto itself." 
– Boethius 470-524 (De Consolatione Philosophiae)

"You can't blame gravity for falling in love." – Albert Einstein

"For t’was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. T’was not my lips you kissed, but my soul" – Judy Garland, MY LOVE IS LOST

"So was man created, to hunger for the ideal that is above himself, until one day there is magic in the air, and the eyes of a girl rest upon him. He does not know that it is he himself who crowned her, and if the girl is as pure as he, their love is the one form of idolatry that is not quite ignoble. It is the joining of two souls on their way to God." 
- James Barrie

“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” |
- Germain de Stael

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven."
- Jesus, Sermon on the Mount 

“Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
- Henry Van Dyke

"Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover’s privilege.”
- James Barrie" 

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.”
- Theophile Gautier

“Love is the beginning of the journey, its end, and the journey itself.”
- Depak Chopra

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
- Rumi

“Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love”
- Kahlil Gibran

"Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be"
- Anton Chekhov

“When you speak of love, please ask yourself: ‘Is my love free of conditions?’ When you speak of truth, please ask yourself: ‘Is my truth free of judgement or opinion?"
- Paul Ferrini, I Am the Door: Exploring the Christ Presence Within

“Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.”
- Don Miguel Ruiz

"The two Virtues of Equanimity and Compassion become more available to the person whose ego-shell has been smashed—either by great suffering or by great love—or by both.”
- Richard Rohr

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.”
- Saint Francis de Sales

“I don’t want to live – I want to love first and live incidentally.”
- Zelda Fitzgerald, to F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Not the artful postures of love, but love that overthrows life. Unbidden, ungovernable like a riot in the heart, and noting to be done, come ruin or rapture."
- Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love 

“Measured with magnetic field meters, the electromagnetic field that the heart produces is 5,000 times more powerful than that created by the brain.”
- Stephan Harrod Buhner

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to happiness.”
- Bertrand Russell

“Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”
- D. H. Lawrence

“I have fallen in love with someone hiding inside of you”
- Hafiz

“Loving someone is a loss of freedom, -- but one doesn’t think of it as loss because one gains so much else”
-Eric Jong

“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”
- William Shakespeare

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.”
- Tom Robbins

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already are it.”
- Byron Katie

“Exhale only love.”
- Rumi

“Only a Perfect One who is always laughing at the word two can make you know of Love.”
- Hafiz

"The ego mind both professes its desire for love and does everything possible to repel it, or if it gets here anyway, to sabotage it."
- Marianne Williamson

“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion” 
― Simone de Beauvoir

"Only one who loves can remember so well.”
― Anton Chekhov

"This is the function of your holy relationship. For what one thinks, the other will experience with him. What can this mean except your minds are one? For when you have accepted it with gladness, you will realize that your relationship is a reflection of the union of the Creator and His Son. From loving minds, there is no separation. And every thought in one brings gladness to the other because they are the same. Joy is unlimited because each shining thought of love extends its being and creates more of itself."
― A Course in Miracles (Chapter 22)

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Below, I've included a number of spiritual-agape oriented quotes, firstly from Emanuel Swedenborg.

There are few sources that have so eloquently spoken of spiritual love as mystic/philosopher/scientist Emanuel Swedenborg 1688-1772 who purported to visit the heavenly realms for the last thirty years of his life. (See the blog post TWO GREAT PHILOSOPHERS PHILOSOPHERS DON'T KNOW ABOUT:

https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/quotes-by-esoteric-philosophers  

Much is said about the expressions of love in his book DIVINE LOVE AND WISDOM, along with his myriads of other Latin writings. The following quotes are just a sample.

"Love in its essence is spiritual fire." 

"Man knows that there is love, but he does not know what love is."

"Love comes into being through useful service to others."

"We do need to realize, though, that it is the quality of our love that determines the quality of this life." 

"Love comes into being through useful service to others."

"In the spiritual body moreover, man appears such as he is with respect to love and faith, for everyone in the spiritual world is the effigy of his own love, not only as to the face and the body, but also as to the speech and the actions."

"Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own."

"The activity of love and faith is what makes heaven." 

"God is Love itself and Wisdom itself, and these two constitute His Essence. Love itself and Wisdom itself are Life itself, which is Life in itself. Love and Wisdom in God make one."

"The essence of  love is to love others outside itself, to desire to be one with them, and to make them happy from itself. These properties of Divine Love were the cause of the creation of the universe, and they are the cause of its preservation."

"Love, moreover, is not only the essence which forms all things; but it also unites and conjoins them, and thus keeps them in connection when formed."

"Without reciprocation no conjunction is possible. A man is a recipient of God, and a recipient of God is an image of God; and since God is love itself and Wisdom itself, a man is a recipient of these , and a recipient becomes an Image of God in so far as it receives Him."

"A life of faith without love is like sunlight without warmth—the type of light that occurs in winter, when nothing grows and everything droops and dies. Faith rising out of love, on the contrary, is like light from the sun in spring, when everything grows and flourishes."

"Goodness and love mould the form into their own image, and cause the joy and beauty of love to shine forth from every part of the face."

"Such as the love is, such is the wisdom, consequently such is the man."

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Lastly, I've included a few select quotes from A COURSE OF LOVE which I'm convinced is a sequel to the divinely inspired A COURSE OF MIRACLES, just as it represents.

To find more information on a remarkable book, go to: https://acourseoflove.org 

I have also written a short one-page summary on this book under the post BOOKS THAT INFLUENCED THE SERIES.
You will note, I've also included references numbers from the book for those who might wish to read more.

God’s only thought is love. It is a thought without limit, endlessly creating. Because of the extension of God’s thought of love, you exist. 1.3

The heart yearns for what is like itself. Thus love yearns for love. To yearn for what is like yourself is to yearn for your Creator and to create like your Creator. 1.12

What love is cannot be taught. It cannot be learned. But it can be recognized. 2.1

Think not that love reason opposes love, for love gives reason its foundation.
The foundation of Heaven, your true home, is love. 14.9

For love is all you are as well as what you strive for. Love is means and end. 1:16

Love is not something you do it is what you are 2.6

When you love purely, you know God whether you know it or not. 4.1

Fear is the source of all illusion, love the source of all truth 9.1

To read more on what I've written on my other blog post on love, and quotes from the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series go to:

WHAT LOVE HAS TO DO WITH IT: https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/what-love-has-to-do-with-it  

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES

 
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The Elysium Passage series of seven novels regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.

 
The following comments of the first edition are excerpts from among the first readers including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews  

"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”

"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"

“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"

“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”

“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting, yet calming, experience that is not to be missed."

"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"

“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”

“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”

“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)

“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.”  (CLARION REVIEW)

 
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES


 
 
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT spring 2022

THE SUMMIT spring 2122

QUANTUM LEAPS summer 2022

SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2022 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2022

HE ELIXIR fall 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023/4